What is Orienteering?

The sport of skilled navigation, orienteering is a timed challenge through unfamiliar terrain to find a series of checkpoints (called controls) and return to the finish.

The only tools you're allowed - a detailed map with the course and controls on it (given to you at the start), a compass, and your brain. The rest is up to you. Usually on foot, but sometimes on skis, snowshoes, or mountain bike, orienteering can be as extreme, or as leisurely, as you like. Learn More!


Try an Event

Getting started in our sport is easy. You can come out to one of our clinics, join one of our training programs, or jump right in and give one of our events a go. All of our events are beginner and family friendly.

Get Started!

Any of the events in the following series
would be excellent ones to start with:

Spring and Fall Series Join us!
Sunday morning events in Ottawa's nicest
forests and natural areas.
Summer Solstice Series Join us!
Fun Tuesday evening events throughout June.
Accessible greenbelt locations.
Winter Series Join us!
Orienteer on skis and snowshoes!
Orienteering Clinics Join us!
Get a jump start on our sport!

Find your Program

Want to improve your orienteering? Stay in shape while using your brain? Orienteering Ottawa has programs for orienteers of all ages and abilities.

Here are a few of our most popular programs:

Learn to Orienteer:
Instructional Clinics for all ages 5-85 More Details
Kids Running Free
Spring and Fall sessions for ages 8-14.
No experience required.
Multiple locations! See Junior programs
Drop-in Running Training
Every Wednesday year round.
All ages, all abilities. More Details
Adult Technique Programs
Basic Level - See Adult programs
Intermediate Level More Details
Advanced Level More Details

Important Updates

  • Printing the Spring Schedule

    09 April 2015
    Can I print the Spring Schedule? Thank you to those who have completed the survey of our website.  If you haven't yet done so, please do.  You can find this survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7...
  • Mapping Job Opportunity

    04 April 2015
    Job Opportunity: Orienteering MapperOrienteering Canada (and its affiliated clubs) have a number of mapping projects to be completed in 2015. One or more positions are available in British Col...
  • Spring program now posted

    26 March 2015
    Spring is here! Our spring program is now posted on the full calendar. As some changes have required code changes, please clear your cache to be sure to get all the latest updates. You will be seein...
  • Congratulations Robbie and Alexander

    13 March 2015
    Well done Robbie and Alex! Robbie Graham and Alex Bergström have been selected for the 2015 junior world orienteering championships to be held in Norway in July. Read about these athletes from thei...

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